Face/Interface: Type Design and HCI Beyond the Western World

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450 Serra Mall Building 200

Room 307

Stanford, CA 94305

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In connection with the 2017-18 Stanford University Libraries exhibition, “Facing the World: Type Design in Global Perspective,” this international conference brings together scholars, designers, engineers, and technologists to explore Non-Latin type design, book design, interface design, and human-computer interaction beyond the Latin alphabetic world.


Aaron Bell, "Optical Size Adjustments in Korean Hangeul"

Bruce Rosenblum, TBA

C. Ryan Perkins, TBA

Chuck Bigelow & Kris Holmes, "Harmony, Diversity, and Contrast in Latin/Non-Latin Type Design"

Craig Eliason, "The Picasso of Type: How 'Exotic' Scripts Catalyzed Bodoni’s Modern-Face Types"

Fiona Ross, "Informing and Inspiring Non-Latin Type Design through Collections-based Research – with particular focus on South Asian Scripts"

Gerry Leonidas, "Enabling Modernity: Innovation and Reflection in Modulated Greek Typefaces by Adobe, 1998–2012"

Jo De Baerdemaeker, "Mongolian Newspapers, their Typefaces and Typographic Design"

John Berry, "Type Around the World"

John Hudson, "In a Local Voice"

Juan Bruce, "The Khojki Script: Printing and Political Affairs at the End of the 19th Century in Bombay"

Ken Lunde, "Source Han Design and Development: Benefits, Challenges, and Pitfalls"

Lara Captan, "Facing the Vacuum: Creating Bridges between Arabic Script and Type."

Liron Lavi Turkenich, "Trilingual Signage, Insights on Society"

Liu Zhao & Sun Mingyuan, "The Exploration of Chinese Type Design: From Phototypesetting to Digitization."

Neil Patel, "The Challenges of Integrating Newly Invented Scripts in Computing"

Ramsey Nasser, "Towards Basic Legibility (and Beyond!): Rendering Arabic Script On Modern Computers"

Scott Klemmer, TBA

Sergio Trujillo, "Tai-Ahom and its Typographic Implementation"

Thomas Huot-Marchand, "From the Imprimerie Nationale to ANRT (France): a Tradition of Designing Non-Latin Types for Scholarly Purpose"

Thomas S. Mullaney, "When Face Becomes Interface: The Case of the Chinese 'Transalphabet'"

Zachary Scheuren, "Type Design for Historic and Minority Scripts"


Thomas S. Mullaney, Associate Professor of Chinese History, Stanford University


Face/Interface is supported by:

Stanford University Libraries
Department of History
History and Philosophy of Science
Computer Science
East Asian Languages and Cultures
Taube Center for Jewish Studies
Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies
Modern Thought and Literature
Association Typographique Internationale (ATypI)


Conference is free and open to the public, but registration is HIGHLY appreciated. Coffee breaks will be provided for attendees, but NO meals will be provided to anyone other than conference speakers.


Schedule and Parking information coming soon.

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